Do I need to a permit to play music downtown on the sidewalk/on the streets?

#2
I'm not sure, but I think you need one.

By the way, I live about 30-45 minutes from Pittsburgh.
#3
no, just do it
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#4
You don't need a permit to busk on streets, unless your volume goes over a certain limit, or, generally, when you use an amp. However, individual state laws may vary. I'd suggest going to your town hall and asking there.
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You don't need a permit to busk on streets, unless your volume goes over a certain limit, or, generally, when you use an amp. However, individual state laws may vary. I'd suggest going to your town hall and asking there.

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#6
Depends on the place, where I live you do.
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#7
I live all the way over in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, but at least here you need a permit. My friend got a ticket for "soliciting" after playing his acoustic guitar in a local shopping district.
I think that the main problem occurs when musicians ask for donations (e.g. keeping a jar of coins next to you). You'll probably be fine if you make it clear that you aren't asking for money.
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I live all the way over in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, but at least here you need a permit. My friend got a ticket for "soliciting" after playing his acoustic guitar in a local shopping district.
I think that the main problem occurs when musicians ask for donations (e.g. keeping a jar of coins next to you). You'll probably be fine if you make it clear that you aren't asking for money.

then why do it
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#10
I won't be using any amps, just an acoustic guitar and playing along with my friend's acoustic as well.

I might check the Town Hall, that's a good suggestion. I just hope we don't get ticketed. That would blow...we've played outside movie theaters, the mall, and shopping markets before and have gotten kicked out
#11
In my good homeland of oz its $40 bucks a year for a busking licence and you can go anywhere and busk for money. Pretty good seeing as you can make over $40 bucks a go sometimes and if you go once a week to a crowded place then $JACKPOT$
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Quote by lawlz4life
I live all the way over in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, but at least here you need a permit. My friend got a ticket for "soliciting" after playing his acoustic guitar in a local shopping district.
I think that the main problem occurs when musicians ask for donations (e.g. keeping a jar of coins next to you). You'll probably be fine if you make it clear that you aren't asking for money.
Nobody in their right mind does that. An open guitar case is where the money goes.
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#14
My friends and I have played in a downtown area of a town next to us, and people have gathered to see us play. We did it just 2 guitars, once more, and the police saw and never cared. Then last time we had a drumset too, and the police came and said we have to stop everything EXCEPT the drums. So we kept playing some drums to entertain but another officer said stop altogether, we needed permission to use the towns power and to play the music. So i did some research, made a dozen phone calls, and found out as long as the volume doesn't disrupt conversation in the stores nearby I assume, then it's fine. We do need permission to use the outlet we were, so I wrote the corect person and she never got back to me. I'll write her again, see what happens. So yeah, it's fun and it's been done, so try and get the permission so you can rock for the town-goers.
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In my good homeland of oz its $40 bucks a year for a busking licence and you can go anywhere and busk for money. Pretty good seeing as you can make over $40 bucks a go sometimes and if you go once a week to a crowded place then $JACKPOT$
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#17
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I live in Pittsburgh, if it helps.

And if so, where would I be able to obtain such a permit?



No, according to chapter 6 of Pittsburgh code, busking is permitted without a permit.
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No, according to chapter 6 of Pittsburgh code, busking is permitted without a permit.

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#22
I used to petition downtown all the time and as far as I know no you don't need a permit. Sidewalks downtown are typically considered public spaces so you can do whatever you want on them.


Of course I don't live in Pittsburg so I don't know if the laws are different.
#25
don't do it man you'll just piss people off with your shitty music. any money that is earned will be entirely out of pity.
#26
You should just not do that.
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No, according to chapter 6 of Pittsburgh code, busking is permitted without a permit.

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You should just not do that.

I look stupid now.

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#29
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#31
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No, according to chapter 6 of Pittsburgh code, busking is permitted without a permit.

#33
**** the police.
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No, according to chapter 6 of Pittsburgh code, busking is permitted without a permit.

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